Expert dog trainer discusses dog park etiquette

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Weekends are certainly getting warmer, and if you have a dog or two, you’re probably pretty tempted to get out to one of the many dog parks around the state. While everyone and their four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy the parks, there’s a lot to keep in mind regarding etiquette around other dogs and their owners.

Joining us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut, expert dog trainer Hardie Duhaney and his shepherd mix, Max, a certified therapy dog, share some important reminders about dog park etiquette.

To watch the full interview, click on the video above. Below are a few of the points Duhaney and News 8 anchor Stephanie Simoni touch upon:

1. Assess the scene. What’s uncomfortable to you is uncomfortable for your dog. They sense what’s on the other side of the leash. If you fear a certain breed, they may too.

2. Entering the dog park, read your dog’s body language. Control the situation. Look for signals of insecurity and stress. Easy signs for pet owners to pick up on include raised heckles or a tail between their legs.

3. Toys are a “no-no”. Toys can cause dog fights at the dog park. You want to avoid aggression, possession and guarding.

Duahney represents PawParks.NYC, New York City’s first dog park community that gives back while connecting your pack with fun parks and friendly playmates. For more information, visit or follow them on Twitter at @pawparksNYC.

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